JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Next week people who live in Jackson will decide if they want to invest in their public schools. There is a referendum that, if approved, would generate $65 million for building improvements, renovations, and other construction projects. Last year, the Jackson Public School System was very close to a state takeover. Through a unique alternative plan, the state, city and other organizations are working together to tackle the challenges facing the district.
To continue that improvement plan, it is important that voters approve the bond referendum. A former bond was paid off earlier this year so if voters approve the new bond, it will simply take the place of the former debt and taxes will not increase.
Consider this: Students in Jackson deserve to go to schools that are safe with the same opportunities and resources as other students across the state. If the bond is not approved, it will be a major setback and could cause the state to reconsider a takeover. Jackson voters need to vote in favor of this bond referendum and invest in the children of Jackson.